Retired English Teacher
I have difficulty using an exact verb to collocate with personal data, e.g. credit card numbers, and passwords. Please look at my sentence below.
"When we shop at an e-store, we may run/take some potential risks. For example, our personal data, especially credit card numbers, can (A. be breached B. be compromised C. get leaked D. be exposed E. be disclosed F. be divulged) or illegally used."
Which one should I use? Thank you very much.
"... can be stolen".
For the first line, you should consider "we run some risks", not "may". You run a risk even if the bad outcome doesn't occur. I'd question the need for "potential". A risk is a risk.
If you walk across a road without looking, you run a risk. What may happen, or what can potentially happen, is that you get run over. The outcome may happen and is potential, but the risk is certain.
Last edited by Rover_KE; 29-Sep-2015 at 09:14. Reason: Fixing typo.